Guidance for Cloth Face Coverings

Guidance for Washburn County Residents on CDC Cloth Face Covering Recommendations - 04/04/2020 News Release

  • The general public should not use surgical masks or N95s. These supplies must be reserved for health care workers and first responders working with confirmed or potential COVID-19 cases.
  • Cloth face coverings are not considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and should not be used as PPE by health care workers. 
  • Cloth face coverings are meant to create a barrier between your nose/mouth and the air to prevent you from unkowingly spreading the virus through respiratory droplets. These may help slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • You should not touch the cloth face covering while wearing to prevent contamination.
  • Cloth face coverings should not be worn by: young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. 

Cloth Face Coverings in Schools: What Families Need to Know - Department of Public Instruction, 07/06/2020
WCHD COVID-19 Advisory #4: Face Coverings - 07/16/2020

Resource for Reusable Masks

DHS: How to Use Reusable Face Coverings infographic

CDC: How to Store and Wash Masks

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC: Printable Guidance for the Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Allina Health: How to Make a Face Mask

Video: How to Sew a Simple Fabric Face Mask

Minnesota Department of Health: Best Materials for a DIY Facemask

Kaiser Permanente Mask Instructions